U.S. Representatives check out research projects at CMU

September 05, 2008
Post Gazette

Carnegie Mellon University’s Collaborative Intervention Center turned into a showroom for U.S. Representatives John Murtha, D-Johnstown, Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, and Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, yesterday as they examined several research projects and demonstrations.

The congressmen perused projects ranging from a battlefield robot that can examine potential explosives to computer chip-laden gloves that can help translate sign language.

The Collaborative Intervention Center has been the recipient of numerous federal grants, and the congressmen praised its work on various projects — many of them for the military.

Government funding for research, the congressmen said, is crucial to getting projects off the ground and spinning them off into private enterprise.

The congressmen also praised the work of the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT program, which provided training and analysis technology that aided the Secret Service in capturing the masterminds of the largest identity theft case in history earlier this year.